The United Kingdom develops sanctions against the leadership of Belarus for violation of the human rights in a spirit of Magnitsky law as Guardian reported citing Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Dominic Raab.
“We are willing to join the EU in adopting targeted sanctions against those responsible for the violence, the repression and the vote-rigging, although the EU process has now been delayed in Brussels. Given that delay, given [Lukashenko’s] fraudulent inauguration, I have directed the FCDO [Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office] sanction team to prepare Magnitsky sanctions for those responsible for the serious human rights violations,” Raab noted.
According to him, London coordinates its actions with the U.S. and Canada, which also prepare sanction list against officials of Belarus.
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs confirmed that the election of Lukashenko on August 9 could not be considered legitimate. He also stated that 1.5 million of pounds will be allocated during two years, mostly, to help the local journalists and civilians of Belarus to cover street protests and brutal repressions.
The UK has already demanded from the OSCE the investigation of the falsification of the ballots, in the result of which, the officials of the British embassy were banned from observation over the elections, which, according to Lukashenko, he won with 80% of votes.
On September 21, Foreign ministers of the EU countries failed to agree on a list of personal sanctions against Belarus. The decision is still being blocked by Cyprus, seeking to include seven Turkish companies that conducted drilling for natural gas in the economic zone of the Mediterranean country in the EU sanctions lists.
Earlier, the EU countries agreed to impose sanctions against 40 Belarusian officials; however, there is no consensus toward Belarus’s President Alexander Lukashenko.